As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, let us remember Pope Francis’ prayer from his encyclical Laudato Si’: “Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.”
We invite you to embrace the pope’s challenge to protect the Earth, using Ignatian and faith resources to guide you. From videos to prayers to podcasts, there are numerous resources available to help integrate environmental care into everyday life that also highlight the connections between faith, ecology and social justice.
“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”
–Pope Francis, Laudato Si’
Laudato Si’ Action Plan
This resource was created to help the Ignatian family put Laudato Si’ into action with the tools of Ignatian spirituality. Your plan will outline tangible actions that your community will take to meet the seven Laudato Si’ Goals.
The Office of Justice and Ecology at the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and the Ignatian Solidarity Network created an Ecological Examen so you can reflect on your personal relationship with creation, acknowledge and amend your ways, and promote ecological justice.
To put the Ecological Examen into practice, there is also a guide to living out the Examen, with a list of concrete steps you can take to promote ecological justice.
Since 1913, Ignatius Farm in Guelph, Ontario, has served as the well of sustenance for the Jesuit community in the region. In the last 20 years, Ignatius Farm has evolved to become a model for organic agriculture and a trainer of organic growers. The farm invites the surrounding community to enjoy and get involved in their local farm.
Here are some lessons from Ignatius Farm on eating sustainably.
Caring for Our Common Home: An Ignatian Perspective
This resource was created to provide an ecological framework for Jesuit schools to give meaning, direction and guidance to various stakeholders within Jesuit school communities, both locally and globally.
Caring for our Common Home is one of the Society’s Jesus’ four Universal Apostolic Preferences, which are guiding the Society’s mission from 2019-2029.
Ignatian Solidarity Network Environmental Guide
This advocacy guide includes resources on how to schedule legislative visits with members of Congress and talking points for meetings with them. It also gives an overview of current U.S. climate change policy.
A Prayer for Our Earth by Pope Francis
A Prayer for Holding and Being Held By the Earth by Cameron Bellm